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Dog sledding around Moscow

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The essence of the Russian winter

Dog sledding is an experience you will not easily forget, especially if you try it in the middle of a Russian winter. Sled dogs are not only carefully chosen – they must love running, possess sufficient strength and endurance, and be capable of learning – they are also thoroughly trained. A special bond forms between the dogs and the driver or "musher". The latter has to be able to read the dogs' body language to know whether they are ready to run and how much energy they have, while the dogs themselves have to trust the musher and respond to his or her commands, which – unlike in the case of harness horses – are purely verbal. Different commands are used to tell the team to start pulling, to turn and to stop. Dog sledding is a unique and exhilarating experience that will also have you reflecting on the deep connection between us human beings and our four-legged friends.

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32 km od/from Moscow Airport